The truth is, with the vast search network that, with thousands of devices around the world, helping us locate lost ones, the possibility of an iPhone going missing is further away than ever. Even so, if so, let’s review what options are available to deal with the situation. Options ranging from locking your iPhone to getting a new one through Apple Care +.
How to lock an iPhone if it is stolen or lost and what to do next
There are several steps to take after someone realizes their iPhone is missing. The first step is locate it on a map to try to find it
If the phone does not offer a location, the next step is to mark it as lost and fully lock the iPhone. This is something that can be done from within the app Search. In the tab Devices just select the lost device, swipe down, to touch Activate low Mark as lost and follow the steps on the screen to give a phone number or a message to whoever finds it.
After completing this step, it is best to notify the police of the event, and if the iPhone is covered by AppleCare +, contact Apple to facilitate a replacement. It is also important to contact the operator to cancel the SIM card. Then the best thing is wipe the device remotely, the option for this is just below the Mark as lost that we have just seen. It is important not to erase the device until the claim with AppleCare + has been approved.
The truth is, there are several options available when an iPhone goes missing, whether due to theft or loss. It is true that IPhones by their own architecture protect the data they contain, but blocking the iPhone with the Search app is an extra that, among other things, removes credit cards from Apple Pay, for example.
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, blocking capabilities, location access, inability to use a stolen or found iPhone due to activation lock and other measures make think twice about other friends before touching an iPhone. At the same time, if it has been lost, being able to see a contact phone number on the screen to speak directly with the owner and send it back to them greatly facilitates its recovery.